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Bricklaying Study Programmes

Build the homes of the future, grow your creative talent and lay foundations for a great career.

Find out the difference between a Bricklaying course and a study programme below.

MidKent College works closely with the National Construction Skills awarding body to ensure our courses in Bricklaying meet the latest standards of training required by the construction industry.

Our staff are well qualified and highly-experienced craftspeople. They will use the well-equipped workshop facilities housed at our Medway and Maidstone campuses to help you learn a new range of skills that will benefit you in life, as well as your future or current employment.  A range of full and part-time study programmes are available. 

Our Bricklaying study programmes are ideal for progressing students who want to become skilled craftspeople, and mature students who want to formalise a career in bricklaying. Depending on the level and type of study programme you complete, it may be advantageous for you to seek a work experience placement.

What will I learn?

You’ll begin by studying the basics of working with a trowel and building simple walls before progressing onto more complicated techniques like cavity walls. You’ll also be taught how to create decorative features in our large and well-equipped workshops. English and maths will also feature in your study programme, ensuring you’ve got the literacy and numeracy skills employers are looking for. Find out the difference between a Bricklaying course and a study programme below.

You could also consider a Bricklaying apprenticeship too!

Why choose a MidKent College Bricklaying study programme?

The government’s plan to build more homes is fantastic news if you are interested in working in the construction industry. These study programmes are ideal for progressing students who want to become skilled craftspeople and mature students who want to formalise their career. We work closely with the National Construction Skills awarding body to ensure our programmes meet the requirements of the construction industry. Bricklaying students have also excelled at competition, with one student winning first place at the Best in Kent construction competition in 2016!

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you’re 16-18 years old English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You’ll study both subjects at a level which is appropriate to you. You’ll then be able to apply these skills at work through communicating your ideas to your colleagues and measuring the quantities of materials needed.

What facilities are available?

You’ll use our fantastic and well-equipped workshop facilities housed at our Medway and Maidstone campuses. You’ll also gain experience outside of College with projects in the local community.

Is an apprenticeship available?

Yes the College does offer an apprenticeship in Bricklaying at the Maidstone Campus.

What have your past students gone on to do?

Successful students have progressed into employment within the construction industry.

What can I do afterwards?

You’ll have the skills and knowledge to go onto careers such as a stone mason, foreman or bricklayer. You could also have the opportunity to become a supplier, restoration specialist or enter management.

How much do bricklayers and masons get paid?

 Bricklayers and masons in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £10.13 per hour.*

What’s the difference between an Bricklaying course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied a Bricklaying course, where you would only study the qualification, such as trowel work, cavity walls and decorative features. A Bricklaying study programme is so much more than a Bricklaying course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI March 2017